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Jun 30, 2011

Jun 30, 2011

French tests suggest E coli matches German outbreak strain

(CIDRAP News) – A French probe into a cluster of Escherichia coli O104:H4 infections in Bordeaux revealed today that the strain isolated from patients is genetically related to the one that has sickened thousands of people in Germany, according to a Eurosurveillance report.

Jun 30, 2011

Swedish data strengthen case for vaccine-narcolepsy link

(CIDRAP News) – New data from Sweden today added more evidence of a link between a 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine and narcolepsy in children and adolescents, suggesting that those who were vaccinated had more than a sixfold increase in risk for the condition.

Jun 29, 2011

Jun 29, 2011

Egyptian fenugreek seeds suspected in E coli outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – New trace-back investigations in German and French Escherichia coli outbreaks are pointing to two lots of fenugreek seeds that were imported from Egypt, according to the latest threat assessment from European officials.

Jun 28, 2011

Jun 28, 2011

GAO details spending on, lessons from 2009 pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – A report released yesterday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) offers yet another review of lessons from the federal government's response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic while detailing how the government spent, and is still spending, $6.15 billion that was appropriated for the response.

Jun 28, 2011

Federal review outlines new flu vaccine investments, challenges

(CIDRAP News) – The price-tag for federal investments in new flu vaccine technology has been difficult to get a handle on, but yesterday in a review for Congress the Government Accountability Office (GAO) put the number at $2.1 billion since fiscal year 2005.

Jun 27, 2011

Jun 27, 2011

Sprout seeds suspected in French E coli cluster

(CIDRAP News) – France has reported a cluster of Escherichia coli O104:H4 infections that officials suspect may be linked to sprouts from a local source, fueling suspicions that contaminated seeds might be the source of both Germany's huge E coli outbreak and the French illnesses.


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